BUFFALO — The ball left Tyler Ennis’s hand and seemed right on line for a game-winning 3-pointer….until it hit the back iron and bounced out.
Ennis had made so many clutch baskets for Syracuse all season, and in this game, too, he carried them to the brink of a dramatic victory, scoring their last 11 points of the game. But the freshman from Brampton, Ontario missed the final two jumpers of his freshman season — a 15-footer that would’ve put the Orange ahead and a 3-point attempt that might’ve won it — and the Orange ended their season suddenly and stunningly, falling to Dayton, 55-53, in a second-round South Region game at First Niagara Center.
BUFFALO — Before coming onto the podium here in advance of Saturday’s Round of 32 game against Dayton, Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim watched his friend Mike Krzyzewski and Duke get stunned by Mercer.
“Yeah, I watched the game, I watched almost the whole game,” Boeheim said. “Honestly, it’s probably the only team in the country I haven’t seen play this year. I don’t know how I missed them. Just watching them play, I thought they were a better team.
“I didn’t think this was like Duke playing bad or anything like that. Whoever is playing Mercer is in trouble. That’s what I think. Inside guard play, big guys. I just think they’re just a really good team. To read more of this story, click here
BUFFALO — When the Syracuse basketball team walked out to practice on the floor of the HSBC Arena Wednesday afternoon, one particularly vocal Syracuse fan yelled from the stands, “Yo, Ennis. Shine, dude shine.”
Carlton Hickey is a former public safety officer at Syracuse and said he wants to see freshman point guard Tyler Ennis step up and be more aggressive in what could be his lone NCAA Tournament run with the Orange.
“I think he’s a helluva talent and he’s going to the NBA and I just want him to not be timid on the road to the Final Four because they need him to just step up and be a man about it,” Hickey, who has no inside information about Ennis’ future plans, told SNY.tv from his courtside seat. To read more of this story, click here
BUFFALO -- Based on the eye test through his own glasses, Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim thinks Michigan State and Louisville are the most “dominant” teams entering the NCAA Tournament.
“There’s not just that much difference between the teams,” Boeheim said here in advance of No. 3 Syracuse facing No. 14 Western Michigan in a South Region game Thursday. “That’s why I was impressed so much with Michigan State. They didn’t just win the [Big Ten] tournament, they dominated the tournament. That’s the difference. To read more of this story, click here
While fellow ACC newcomers Mike Brey and Jamie Dixon seem to be excited about entering their first ACC Tournament, Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim didn’t exactly sound fired up about going down to Greensboro, N.C. later this week
“We’re looking forward to the challenge of the tournament,” Boeheim, whose team is seeded No. 2 and opens play on Friday after a double-bye, said Monday on a conference call. “All that’s important when you play in a tournament is that they have a basketball court and an arena, and they’ve got that in Greensboro so we’re looking forward to the competition there.”
NEW HAVEN, Conn. — Chris McCullough hopes Tyler Ennis will return to Syracuse next year to be his point guard.
And the 6-foot-10 McCullough thinks it will happen, too.
“I’m pretty sure, I think he’s staying,” McCullough told SNY.tv after putting up 8 points as IMG Academy lost to St. Thomas More, 93-86, in the National Prep Championship semifinals on Wednesday at Albertus Magnus College.
For much of this season it seemed virtually inevitable that Syracuse would secure the No. 1 seed in the East and would be lined up to play as many as four straight NCAA Tournament games without leaving New York State.
But that was before the Orange lost three of their last four games — to Boston College, Duke and Virginia — to tumble to No. 7 in the latest AP Top 25 poll.
Although the Orange have lost the ACC regular-season title to Virginia, they are still expected to challenge for the ACC tournament title — along with No. 4 Duke, No. 5 Virginia and No. 14 North Carolina. To read more of this story, click here
With Syracuse and Duke set to face off Saturday at Cameron Indoor, it will mark the second meeting this season between two of the top freshmen in America and the two top rookies in the ACC: Syracuse’s Tyler Ennis and Duke’s Jabari Parker.